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Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum

479 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301
970-247-2733
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Ranked #2 of 28 attractions in Durango
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Scenic Railroads, Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/train
Owner description: Hop aboard a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive that travels along the same railroad tracks that miners, cowboys and the early settlers of the Old... more » Owner description: Hop aboard a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive that travels along the same railroad tracks that miners, cowboys and the early settlers of the Old West used over a hundred years ago. The route winds in and out of canyons and past open wilderness affording great views. The price of a ticket also includes admission to the D&SNGRR Museum and the Silverton Freight Yard Museum. « less
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Lenexa, Kansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2009

I rode the train in July with both my mother and my grandson. My grandson is 3 and is enamored with the Thomas trains. My mother has always wanted to ride the Durango-Silverton train (it has been on her "bucket" list ever since her own mother passed away in Silverton). Both spent hours looking out the window and gawking at... More

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Brushy Creek, Texas
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23 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2009

We enjoyed our trip in the D&SNGRR. The scenery is spectacular, especially once you get to the High Line. Service was professional but does not have the soul of the Cumbres and Toltec SRR. You're discouraged from looking around the rail yards and they just can't repeat the owner's name enough (or include enough photos) in the PR material. We... More

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Mesa, Arizona
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2009

Do not listen to the fuddy-duddies who complain that the train trip is too long and advise taking the bus back to Durango. Horse Pucky!!! I have taken this trip 12 times over the past 20+ years and I guarantee you will see neat stuff on the return trip that you missed on the way up. Or you will get... More

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chicago
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66 reviews 66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2009

My wife and I decided to splurge and paid the extra cost to ride in the Alamosa car. It rained part of the way back and we were able to stay dry and enjoy the ride. Also we weren't getting the smoke and soot blown on us. It was worth every penny. The guide/bartender, Ellie, was a riot. She gave... More

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albuquerque
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2009

You are advised to wear eye protection if you do not have any you may purchase a pair for a cost of $3.00. Minimal yet should be included in price of the ride, for a family of 6 this adds up. If you want to learn about the train you can do so by purchasing the book! They should speak... More

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Denver
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2009

I recommend this train ride to families, couples, and anyone looking for a new appreciation for nature. The scenery is just unbelievable. I've lived in Colorado for many years and I've been on countless 4x4 adventures, this activity has better views than any other trip I've been on. We sat in the "open air" car and got a little dirty... More

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San Diego
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2009

Spectacular! The scenery was absolutely incredible. Loved it. Only took the train from Silverton to Durango though. The ride takes 3.5 hours one way. To be on the train for 7 hours seems like a lot of time so we went rafting in the morning. The rafting company took us to Silverton in a van and then we rode the... More

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Kansas City, Mo.
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65 reviews 65 reviews
24 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2009

All of the previous reviews say very well how great the trip is. I've taken the trip twice now and it was even better the second time. It's hard to add anything that hasn't been said before so I'll just say what you can expect. -the gondola seats can be a tight squeeze since they are grouped 3 to a... More

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Wisconsin
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72 reviews 72 reviews
18 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2009

My husband and I took the train up to Durango and the bus back from Silverton. We loved every minute of both legs of the journey. We rode in an open-air car for 12+ and had a great time. The scenery is breathtaking and you never know what it will look like around the next turn. The train climbs into... More

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texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2009

We rode the $79 car with windows, we had been told it had been snowing and hail the day before, otherwise we would have booked the Open Car. Make sure you ride on the Right Side of the Car, since most of the beautiful scenery of the San Juan Forest will be to your right. Our day was gorgeous and... More

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